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Redirecting the Holiday Gimmes

by on Dec.18, 2014, under Parenting, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Holidays

Sugar Plum fairies and fa la la la la are not the only things that come with the winter holidays. So does a parent’s worst fear that she has raised the spoiled child she swore she would never have. At no other time of year do the... Read more...
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Putting the Happy Back in Birthday

by on Dec.02, 2014, under Parenting, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Holidays, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics

"Amanda is 2!" read the banner draped over the entrance to our neighborhood park.  And that was just the beginning.  A cooking area complete with printed aprons (“Amanda’s  2nd Birthday”) and chef's hats for each child, a craft area with three different creation stations, a pony ride... Read more...
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The After-Burn of Starting School

by on Aug.13, 2014, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, School, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Adolescents, Transitions, Elementary School Children

Summer time, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes. And there it went! There can be a whole lot more to starting school than starting school. Whether a child is beginning preschool, third grade, middle or high school, after a long summer or just an... Read more...
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The Problem with “It’s Not Fair.”

by on Mar.17, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

“It’s not fair!”   Can’t you just hear the whiney tone that delivers that exclamation?   I’ve yet to meet a parent whose child hasn’t at some point or other protested “That’s not faaaiiiiiirrrr?”  (Note the drawn out faaaiiiirrrr,  added for extra impact on you, the parent.) As common and... Read more...
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Empathy is a Two Way Street

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

Cultivating empathy is a hot topic in the parenting world.  Current research has demonstrated that children under a year not only have the capacity for empathy but actually exhibit empathy. (Regarding infants:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/empathy-appears-in-infancy-varies-age-and-gender   Regarding toddlers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6krHsZA_w .) But parents, usually not educated to recognize and encourage this trait... Read more...
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Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions

by on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions On Friday I lunched with a colleague at a “grown up” restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and refined.  Seated right next to us was a family of three—mother, father, and, in-between them, their adorable 18 month old child. We wouldn’t even... Read more...
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Kids in Restaurants?

by on Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

Our dinner at a local sushi restaurant was a bit earlier than we usually dine.  So I casually mentioned to my husband that we might overlap “family time” at the eatery.  But we decided that it wouldn’t be a problem; we both love kids.  Little did we... Read more...
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The Trouble With “Whyyyyyyyyyyy?”

by on Jan.07, 2013, under Behavior, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

You tell your child it’s time for bed. Instead of the pitter patter of feet running up the stairs, you get “Whyyyyyyy?”  All parents have heard it.  The funny thing is, you know your child isn’t really looking for an answer.  “Well, dear, your body needs sleep... Read more...
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Why You Should Watch the Olympics with Your Kids: Olympic Lessons

by on Jul.25, 2012, under Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

Olympic fever is starting to rise, and here is the good news:  There are enough benefits to watching the Olympics as a family that you can throw your standard TV rules out the window.  Beyond sheer entertainment, there’s much to be learned by watching the games on... Read more...
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